History students and professor in class

Study the stories of the past, and you’ll better understand the present—and be more adequately prepared for the future. As a history major at Northwestern, you’ll learn about people: where they’ve been, what they’ve done, how they think, and who they’ve influenced.

Academic programs

Northwestern history classes attract students from other majors who also want to learn about fascinating events and historical periods. Explore programs


Northwestern’s history and philosophy professors are active scholars and relational mentors. Their doors—and even their homes—will be open to you and other students who think the past is a blast. Explore faculty

Study off campus

Northwestern offers history majors numerous internship and study abroad opportunities—from museum or public policy study in Washington, D.C., or Chicago to exploring ancient cultures around the globe.

William Minnick

History as a way forward

An internship at the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa, gave William outstanding opportunities to use the skills he’s gained as a double major in history and public relations.

William's story

Abby Ver Mulm

History liaison

Once Abby earns her master’s degree in public history, she wants to help make the important knowledge possessed by historians available—and accessible—to the general public.

Abby's story

Connor Shaull


Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

Connor's story

Brody Van Roekel


Taking what he’d learned about the impact of listening to peoples’ stories, Brody pursued a career focused on community development.

Brody's story

Jenna Ripke

Special advocate

Jenna discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern. Now her career is focused on immigration law.

Jenna's story